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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 8663 7228
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Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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Great exhibition to remind us of times past.

It's an amazing place to gain some perspective on our current day lives. Really scary to imagine living in the cells in those days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's an amazing place to gain some perspective on our current day lives. Really scary to imagine living in the cells in those days.

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Caboolture, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very informative and thoroughly interesting look into the past of the Old Melbourne Goal and some of it's prisoners lives and crimes - (and deaths). Our Saturday night guide Trevor, was a fantastic story-teller and kept us on the edge all through the tour. There was just enough 'spooky' mixed with a little 'grizzly', and definitely an air of 'eerie',... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well- kept, attractive exhibits. Learning materials are clearly written and engaging and the staff have a friendly, fun attitude. It's a must-see for tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unbelievable place to visit. Displays were good to read. Gave a good idea of how trying the old gaol was back in the day. Enjoyed my visit very much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An insight into Melbourne's sad history of treating prisoners. Children will enjoy being "locked" in the cells and the rather grisly noose

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It will cost you 25 AUD each to visit the Gaol and the admission comes with a watch house experience. The watch house experience is a 30 mins roleplay with you being caught by the Sergeant and lock up for the night. Sergeant Hatchett, in my opinion was too nice. She is trying her best to be stern, but I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have been to Melbourne many times but this is the first time we've taken the time to visit the gaol. Would definitely recommend it. Great insight into some of the 'colourful' criminal history of Victoria and of course a great deal of information about Ned Kelly. The watch house tour is well worth it even if it is just for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

wow hadn't been here since childhood it was great to go back and see what it was all about plenty of things to see , get you photo taken ( mugshot ) interesting to see how the criminals had conditions all those years ago educational also

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Definitely worth a visit. They go to a lot of effort to make your experience realistic. The displays are interesting and informative. A must do for Melbourne.

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Branxton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We enjoyed walking around this very well presented prison museum. The stories of its history is very easy to read and is full of detail of its past use.

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